I went to my doctor today due to ongoing symptoms of depression. He was very warm and friendly and patient. All was going well until I mentioned that I am still breastfeeding my 13 month old. He asked "when are you planning on stopping that?" I just kinda shrugged it off, since I don't have a "planned" date of weaning, just wanted to go until either me or my DS no longer wanted to. Then my dr goes on this big rant about how my son no longer needs to be breastfeeding and he's not getting any benefit from it, and I need to seriously consider weaning. Of course he's a "big advocate" of breastfeeding, up to 6 months... I should've said that the Canadian Pediatric Society recommends breastfeeding up to 2 years and beyond, but I was just too shocked to say anything. Here I am opening up about my feelings of depression, and end up feeling bad about bfing my son. I just kind of vaugly agreed that he was mosly bfing out of habit, and could wean with work. My dr said if I end up needing medication, then I would have to wean for sure, and that would be the best thing to do if medication is needed.
Now I feel so conflicted. My DS seems to "need" to nurse at least 3x per day (which isn't much, really) and I just can't picture weaning him right now. Even tho he's walking around and becoming a toddler, he's still such a baby! Plus since I've returned to work full-time I think it's just a nice bonding time. But the depression is quite hard to deal with, and I need to deal with that in order to be a better person and therefore better mom. Has anyone else been on anti-depressants while nursing? Is this okay?